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Domestic Violence Elimination Act

BILL NO. 81

(as introduced)

2nd Session, 60th General Assembly
Nova Scotia
56 Elizabeth II, 2007



Private Member's Bill



Domestic Violence Elimination Act



Diana Whalen
Halifax Clayton Park



First Reading: December 6, 2007

Second Reading:

Third Reading:

An Act Respecting the Establishment
of a Domestic Violence Prevention
Committee in Nova Scotia

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Domestic Violence Elimination Act.

2 In this Act,

(a) "Committee means the Committee established by this Act;

(b) "Minister" means the Minister of Justice;

(c) "objectives" means the objectives aimed at creating a process to define, measure and eliminate domestic violence in the Province.

3 The Minister shall appoint a Committee composed of

(a) a representative of the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia;

(b) a representative of Womens' Centre CONNECT!;

(c) a representative of Mens' Treatment Programs;

(d) a representative nominated from the district health authorities;

(e) a representative of a sexual-assault centre;

(f) a representative of an organization providing second-stage housing programs;

(g) a representative of an organization providing emergency shelter to homeless or transient women;

(h) a representative of the Department of Community Services;

(i) a representative of the Department of Education;

(j) a representative of the Department of Health;

(k) a representative of the Department of Justice;

(l) a representative of the Office of Aboriginal Affairs;

(m) a representative of the Office of the Advisory Committee on the Status of Women; and

(n) a representative of the Office of African Nova Scotia Affairs.

4 The Minister shall appoint a member of the Committee to be the Chair of the Committee.

5 Subject to Section 7, the Committee shall

(a) review best practices in the following:

(i) prevention initiatives,

(ii) public-education programs,

(iii) victim-support services,

(iv) treatment programs for abusers, and

(v) judicial and legislative responses to domestic violence;

(b) compare and contrast programs and supports offered in the Province with best practices offered in other jurisdictions;

(c) make recommendations to the Government on the implementation and or expansion of programs to address prevention, public education, victim-support services, treatment programs for abusers and legislative frameworks; and

(d) track and report to the House of Assembly on an annual basis the following statistics:

(i) the number of domestic murders in the Province,

(ii) re-arrest rates as they pertain to domestic violence,

(iii) the number of domestic dispute calls responded to by the police,

(iv) the number of clients and children accessing transition houses, including the number of clients who are accessing transition houses on a repeat basis,

(v) the number of clients seeking support and services as a victim of sexual assault.

6 The Minister shall table the report of the Committee in the House of Assembly by May 31st in 2007 and each year thereafter.

7 The moneys required for the purpose of this Act shall be paid out of moneys appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.


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